CSO Funding Call for Research on Long-Term Health Outcomes for Those Accessing Gender Identity Healthcare

Closing Date: 30/09/2022

The Chief Scientist Office is inviting bids from HEIs in Scotland to host a call for Scottish Government funded research on long-term health outcomes for those accessing gender identity healthcare in Scotland.

The Chief Scientist Office (CSO) has issued a funding call to invite Scottish universities to host a call for Scottish Government funded research on long-term health outcomes for those accessing gender identity healthcare in Scotland.

The Scottish Government published its ‘NHS gender identity services: strategic action framework 2022–2024 (pdf link)‘ in December 2021, which sets out a series of commitments which Scottish Government will progress to improve access to, and delivery of, gender identity services. One of the commitments is to make funding available for research on long-term health outcomes for those accessing gender identity healthcare.

The CSO is seeking an institution that will host and administer a call to fund a number of Scottish-led research projects, focussing on gender identity healthcare experiences of people accessing primarily NHS Scotland services. The host institution will advertise the call, with any Scottish university able to submit one or more proposals for consideration.

The host institution will be provided with funding for a PhD studentship in the area of gender identity healthcare (based on the standard UK Research and Innovation PhD funding model) and will provide the administration for the call and work with the Chief Scientist Office to advertise the call; set up a panel to review applications; make funding awards based on the panel recommendations; oversee the progress of the research; provide a report collating the outputs of the individual research projects.

Individual projects funded through the call are expected to be in the range of £20,000 to 30,000, and between six and twelve months’ duration.

Potential areas of research focus include:

  • The experiences of healthcare provision among trans people who last accessed gender identity services some time ago (eg after ten years, or for older trans people).
  • Older individuals’ experiences of accessing gender reassignment treatments for the first time, including cross-sex hormones and/or referral for surgery.
  • Research into healthcare professional’s attitudes to the efficacy of different treatment options at different life stages.
  • Non-linear use of gender identity healthcare pathways: for example, what range of reasons do people give for stopping accessing treatments through gender identity clinics?
  • Young people’s experiences from before and after accessing gender identity services: What are their experiences of wellbeing and development, including emotional, social, physical and intellectual/vocational?
  • Why may some trans people who need to access gender identity healthcare choose not to access NHS gender identity services? This may include exploration of barriers to access and intersections with protected characteristics.
Funding body Chief Scientist Office (CSO)
Maximum value £77,900
Reference ID S24167
Category Economic and Social Research
Medical Research
Fund or call Fund